Six years ago, July 1st, 2007, Washington Capitals general manager George McPhee signed veteran Russian forward Viktor Kozlov from the New York Islanders to a two-year, $5 million deal. It proved to be a wise move. Kozlov played on the Caps’ first line with Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom, scoring 29 goals and tallying 94 points in 148 games. Ovechkin won the Rocket Richard and Hart trophies both seasons he was paired with Kozlov.
They’re still bros today. Ovechkin attended Kozlov’s wedding on Free Agent Frenzy Friday with fiancée Maria Kirilenko. I’d give you more juicy details about the wedding, but both Fedor and Igor, who can actually understand the Russian interwebs, are traveling today.
What I can do is link to my all-time favorite Capitals interview, featuring Ovechkin, Kozlov, Alex Semin, and Sergei Fedorov speaking and giggling through a feature with Lisa Hillary.
That’s the stuff.
Since his days in Washington, Kozlov has returned to Russia and played for Salavat Yulaev, Lokomotiv, and CSKA of the KHL.